March 10, 2020

Hello men!

This morning, in a joint decision, Harrisburg School District’s Acting Superintendent, Mr. Chris Celmer and I have decided to postpone this year’s 500 Men Reading and Career Exploration Day scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11 at all elementary, middle, and high schools in the Harrisburg School District.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of care and caution as we are continuing to learn details about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health,” said Acting Superintendent Celmer.

We will reschedule the event at a time when the public’s health is not at risk. Be safe!

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Thank you for your willingness to serve and for your understanding. .


Floyd Stokes
Executive Director, ALC


Quote from Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America:

"It was luck or fate that connected me to Floyd and his wonderful project. I am honored to play a small part in a very big event. In a world in which young people -- and many not-so-young -- are distracted and mesmerized by video, TV, smartphones and a relentless hypnotizing kaleidoscope of dazzling imagery, it is more important than ever that young people are grounded in the basics. Reading skills are basic. Reading is the key that unlocks the door to learning, that opens and nurture the imagination. And it's fun! Anything we can do to instill the habit of reading and a love for reading is a vital public service; it is an investment in the success of our children. We owe 500 Men Reading a huge debt of gratitude for what it does."